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Red
1/22/2023 - olemski wrote:
90 points
At last, this is starting to come through as a contender for Grand Cru status. My bottles of 2006 and 2008 were rather disappointing: Four square and uncharming. I tasted 2008 young, and was impressed with the depth and persistence of the fruit, but it failed to develop this potential. Perhaps the wine making was a bit too rough with the extraction? I don't know. This, however, is now showing a lot of promise. Quite dark for it's kind. The nose is quite intense with a dominance of sour cherry. In the mouth firm yet fruity, building up to a long aftertaste. From time to time there are flashes of a more tender and elegant wine underneath this, with a floral and raspberry character that could be mistaken for Chambolle. Is this the direction of travel for this wine? We shall see.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1/22/2023 - olemski wrote:
84 points
Copper coloured, no less. Intense aroma of dried apricot, coconut, and blood orange marmalade. Very sweet, obviously, but the acid goes beyond adding freshness to reaching - almost - the level of painful. One has to check the teeth after drinking it. Not for the sweetness, which is considerable, but so that the acid has not eroded the gnashers altogether. It's a good wine, but chiefly for the alluring and deeply interesting aromas. Maybe there's food that can make this just the right wine, but my imagination is not up to this task.
White
2010 Château La Louvière Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/21/2023 - olemski wrote:
90 points
Scent of baked lemons with mixed herbs, and a touch of fresh mango. In the mouth, this wine has reached the level of complete harmony in an understated elegant way. It provided a fine contrast to the food (baked cod with mashed potato, sweet potato and cellry root), but even more delight after dinner - appreciating every scent and drop. An outstanding wine for sure, and (obviously) my last bottle.
Red
1/15/2023 - olemski wrote:
flawed
Stealth cork at first. I noticed the missing fruit more than any off odour. Gradually, it became a case of straight out corked.
White - Sparkling
1/8/2023 - olemski wrote:
86 points
No obvious signs of ageing on the colour. On the nose there's citrus, which is the dominant element, but also water biscuits. The mouth is again citrusy, with some fresh bread and a hint of mushrooms. Good length.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2007 Château Doisy-Daëne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
1/1/2023 - olemski wrote:
89 points
PnP. Properly deepened colour consistent with the age. Scent of honey, marzipan and dried apricots. Elegance and harmony, and suitable to drink with a range of dishes. And on its own, of course. Delightful and excellent.
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Red
2004 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/1/2023 - olemski wrote:
91 points
Decanted about an hour. Very deep red. Opaque. On the nose, the deep and rich fruit here takes one to southern Rhône. More fruity than firm, with deep layers featuring tobacco and blackberries. Long and very impressive. Clearly an outstanding wine.
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White
1/1/2023 - olemski wrote:
85 points
Decanted about half an hour. Floral on the nose, with some citrus and petroleum peeking out underneath. Harmony in this well integrated and mature wine, that shines more in better vintages.
Red
12/31/2022 - olemski wrote:
95 points
Clear and still bright. The scent is firm yet elegant, with great persistence. Elegance in the mouth too, with intensity and very long. Just very majestic, elegant and harmonious. Not as velvety as a Musigny, but with the same iron fist.
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White - Off-dry
12/31/2022 - olemski wrote:
93 points
Golden hue that speaks of 15 years. Beguiling scent of exotic fruits in a firm and elegant shape, with an undertow of blanched almonds and a hint of dill. Smooth and harmonious in the mouth, with a very long aftertaste. The poised elegance and harmony of this wine makes it truly outstanding. (The fewer points given now reflect my drive to turn back the prevalent inflated level of points all around.)
White - Sparkling
12/31/2022 - olemski wrote:
84 points
Good wine, light in colour for its age, moderate mousse, and an aroma dominated by citrus. Fairly creamy mouthfeel, but the citrus dominates somewhat. The vintage belongs to the most lean I have known in northern Europe. I hesitate to say "very good," so this clocks in as "good".
White
12/28/2022 - olemski wrote:
86 points
Deep golden a step beyond wedding ring. Fruity in a very Alsace way, where there's a hint of grape that you hardly ever experience from a germanic Riesling site - but, of course, far less than in a Muscat. There is also a hint of petroleum there intermingled with the citrus. Medium body, but in a fruity way. Good but not exceptional length. A very good wine on the borderline of excellent.
White
12/27/2022 - olemski wrote:
90 points
An outstanding wine in its own quiet way. Still fairly light in colour. The scent is of pineapple core - that slight tone of bitterness over the fruit. I could string out a line of adjectives, fruits, nuts, herbs and the rest. But I don't like to be too creative. What you need to know is that this is where harmony reigns. Nothing much sticks out here. It is so softly spoken that it may end up overlooked in a line-up with more shouty wines. On its own, and when you listen, this speaks of harmony, good will to all men (and women, etc.) and peace on earth. Sometimes you need to hear that as well, but you need to be attentive and in the right mood. Here it is, though, in liquid form.
White
12/16/2022 - olemski wrote:
83 points
Golden like a wedding ring, but it changes and the last glass is significantly lighter. This sometimes happens with these semi-natural wines. Harmonious and somewhat subdued nose of baked lemon and baked herbs. In the mouth the harmony goes on. It is delicate and softly spoken. However, there is a flash of oxidation at the end of the taste curve. Short but unmistakable. This is likely to be mature oxidation rather than premature given the age, but I had thought it would last longer. A good wine, but on the way down. This was the last bottle, fortunately enough.
Red
12/11/2022 - olemski wrote:
89 points
A truly excellent red burgundy. I gave the previous bottle a point more, but on more mature (?) reflection I think this is "only" excellent and not quite outstanding. Deep colour, a good bit deeper and darker than one would expect from a village wine that's seventeen years old. The nose has furniture polish, some fresh herbs and dark berries. The real treat arrives in the mouth with the inimitable fruit of this amazing vintage. It carries all the way through the curve and leaves me smiling and praising the day I bought this delightful wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
12/5/2022 - olemski wrote:
91 points
My previous bottle, more than two years ago, was rather disappointing. There was nothing wrong about it, but there wasn't that much to it. This is different, though. It's an orange wine, but not an orange wine. The colour can not be described in any other way than a red-ish organge. The nose has honey, botrytis, orange marmelade and a hint of lemon. Rich, linear, focused and really satisfying. Clearly an outstanding wine despite the flash of acrid smoke or ash just before the after taste - a bit like the line of ash in a Morbier cheese. It does not bother me, though. Bought inexpensively in 2015. The previous not so satisfying bottle had me wonder if I should take this to auction, but I'm so pleased I didn't.
White - Off-dry
12/4/2022 - olemski wrote:
89 points
Light straw coloured. Baked lemon and a hint of honey on the nose. The sugar is finely integrated in a very linear, suave and elegant wine where the tasting curve is straight as a lazer beam. Not a showy wine, but quietly impressive. On the borderline of outstanding, but surely excellent. I guess the moderate fruit of the vintage has made this come around more quickly than most Joh. Jos. spätlese - notoriously slow to mature as they are. This was surely worth waiting for.
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White
12/3/2022 - olemski wrote:
85 points
Wedding ring golden. Scents somewhere between baked lemon and yellow apples. Ever so slightly smokey too. Very little petroleum, but it might be detected if you're sensitive to that sort of stuff. In the mouth it is very linear and understated. The fruit does not make itself noticed so much, and fades a bit through the tasting curve. A little bit shorter than I have come to expect from this address. My suspicion is that it is past its prime, but there's always bottle variation to take into account. (Just about very good, so 85 is right.)
Red
11/27/2022 - olemski wrote:
85 points
Alightly watery rim, but few other signs of ageing. My experience is that these wines never die, but this has reached a fine window of drinkability. Sour cherries, some furniture polish and a hint of leather on the nose. Fresh, firm, yet fruity in the mouth. The alcohol has resolved itself into the balance of the wine - unlike the previous bottle (but I have since revised my points to relect the decriptions below this field). Very satisfying wine with food, and the price was satisfying too.
Red
11/26/2022 - olemski wrote:
90 points
Slightly cloudy, with a watery rim. The colour is not the bright hue of youth but the toned down more mature version. Typical Gevrey-Chambertin nose with oriental spices, earth and a fruit that in flashes says fresh raspberry. The stand out feature, however, is the depth of fruit and the way it follows on through the latter part of the taste curve. Lovely depth, and a wine I'm willing to call 'outstanding.' The previous bottle earlier this year was still not quite 'there', but this one has arrived.
White - Sparkling
11/21/2022 - olemski wrote:
88 points
Light golden - surprisingly light for the age. The mousse is somewhat subdued due to the age, but still a vital factor in the wine as a whole. Aromatics with fresh yellow apples, digestive biscuits and some citrus. Decent length. Excellent wine that has not given in to the otherwise dominant 2004 acidity.
Red
11/20/2022 - olemski wrote:
89 points
Ruby red, transparent, with a slightly watery rim. Furniture polish and fresh cherries on the nose, with raspberries coming through with more time in the (Zalto Burgundy) glass. Good length, and blended tannins. I'm glad I have more, and I don't see this wine fading any time soon, but I aim to have it all drunk up in the next five years. (My points mean: Excellent, borderline outstanding).
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Red
11/13/2022 - olemski wrote:
87 points
Clear and light in colour. On the nose there's sweet red fruit of no clear provenance, with merely a hint of tobacco that may take you to Langhe. The theme in the wine is balance and harmony. There's really nothing that grates or stands out. Fully integrated and without the usual grating tannins, searing acidity or rough aromatics of younger Nebbiolo. Just harmony in a glass. (The points tell you that the wine is somewhere between very good and excellent. It would have been more clearly excellent if it had more of an edge and a forceful identity, but it was lovely with steak and roast potatoes on Norwegian Fathers' Day.)
White
10/30/2022 - olemski wrote:
88 points
Some maturation is evident in the golden hue. On the nose there's mainly baked lemon and some more exotic fruit like mango. I could not detect any petroleum at all. It has good fruit and persistence into the aftertaste, but the freshness is the most striking feature as it stands. The 2013 acid is clearly in evidence.
White
10/26/2022 - olemski wrote:
86 points
Some smoke and citrus on the nose. Well integrated in the mouth, and some viscosity as well. Decent length. There is some noticable alcohol, which does not count in its favour. Very good wine, but excellent it isn't. GG Riesling from Germany has, at least from my cellar, been more detailed and elegant than this offering.
Red
10/23/2022 - olemski wrote:
87 points
Dark and powerful. Deep and brooding. A solid core of fruit with an inherent structure that could take a blast from a nuclear bomb. Perfect with roast duck and duck confit.
White
10/23/2022 - olemski wrote:
90 points
Honey, blanched almonds and white flowers on the nose. Maybe a hint of wet dog, but it's very subtle. Elegance and subtlety is the key characteristics for this wine. In the mouth its harmony is the defining feature. Fine and elegant, with good length. A very satisfying wine.
White - Sparkling
10/23/2022 - olemski wrote:
89 points
Aroma of toast (as in fried bread) and white fruits. Good fruit in the mouth, and well balanced against the fresh acidity. Long aftertaste. Excellent wine at its prime.
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Red
2009 Château Ormes de Pez St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/19/2022 - olemski wrote:
85 points
Watery rim. There is a vegetal character that makes some head off in the direction of Loire when this was served blind. Firm, dry, good with solid food. (I have adopted a more stringent application of points since my previous bottle, so this is very good though not excellent.)
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Red
10/16/2022 - olemski wrote:
84 points
Deep red. Aroma of roses and some leather. In the mouth it is far less tannic than expected. Very well rounded and integrated. Decent length. However, it is lacking in all the usual highlights of a Barolo: Aromatics are fine, but no more. Elegance - no, does not leap to mind. Tension - neither. It goes well with food, but as a stand alone feature it lacks attraction. It's within the "Good" range in the rating scale, even the upper end, but it's a stretch to take it to "very good," so I won't.
White
10/2/2022 - olemski wrote:
89 points
Clear but deep golden. The colour says aged, but maturely aged. On the nose, there are yellow fruits like mango, passion fruit and peaches. The acidity says citrus, but there's an autumnal and yellow character to the wine. In the mouth the harmony is slighly tilted in the direction of acidity rather than fruit, but it is harmony nonetheless. A truly excellent wine. (My points refer to the original 100 point scale, and not its inflated current practice. It's time to stop pretending every quality wine is outstanding by awarding 90+, folks!)
Red
2017 Mas de Daumas Gassac Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/25/2022 - olemski wrote:
89 points
Dark and dense. Scents of leather, mountain berries, heather and warm brick. Fine tannins and deep fruit in the mouth. Works wonders as a companion to breast of duck, and will likely develop into something more refined and complex over time. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), but with four other typical Bordeaux varieties.
Red
9/18/2022 - olemski wrote:
91 points
Truly outstanding - particularly when the price is taken into account. Smells of red fruit and wet earth with a hint of sous bois. It's in the mouth things happen. There is a depth of fruit here, with a lithe yet strong backbone that stretches further than I thought possible in a wine like this. A highly satisfying and uplifting drink through the meal and for the rest of the evening. I wish I had more! (My points are deflated to match the Parker descriptions, but this truly is in the 90-range!)
Red
9/13/2022 - olemski wrote:
84 points
The colour bears faint hints of ageing. The nose is very earthy, with some oak and a more undefined red fruit. Light and elegant in the mouth, but somewhat lacking in stuffing and follow-through. Decent wine, and I hope some more age may give it body. However, I fear it may be a bit too old already.
Red
9/4/2022 - olemski wrote:
88 points
Medium dark. Not a lot of age showing. On the nose, there's a hint of both iodine and blood, but most of the former, below a suave and smooth dark berry fruit. Both scent and taste are mellowed and showing maturation, yet not so much age. The structure tilts towards freshness, as if there's not quite enough fruity stuffing to give it a well rounded harmony. With the food, Reindeer, mash and mushroom sauce, this sits really quite well. An excellent wine! (I now follow the original Parker points system, where 88 is "excellent".)
White
8/31/2022 - olemski wrote:
86 points
Fresh but full, citrusy and nutty, and with the white flowers I associate with Puligny. Very good wine, if a bit pricey. Drunk from Riedl Burgundy.
Red
8/2/2022 - olemski wrote:
90 points
Some browning. Very aromatic wine with sour cherries, furniture polish and an earthy character. Good, deep fruit, but it's the freshness and length that makes this wine punch well above its village-weight. Outstanding wine! (I have adjusted my points down to reflect the CT quotation from Parker's 100-point rating scale).
White
2008 Château La Louvière Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/30/2022 - olemski wrote:
88 points
Very clear for a wine this age, with a slight green-golden hue. Fresh apples and wet dog on the nose, with herbs underneath. The herbs get more prominent in the mouth, where the freshness and intensity gets matched by a fruit that was just not there when I tasted it four years ago. The screw cap must be very tight on this wine.
Red
2016 Château Blaignan Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/29/2022 - olemski wrote:
86 points
Deep red. Scent of mature raspberries, which is a bit surprising given its provenance. There are deep layers of fruit against a firm core that makes it a good match with the beef with mango salad. Very good wine.
White
2018 Château Latour-Martillac Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/23/2022 - olemski wrote:
84 points
Light golden. A nose with grass, wet dog and a fair bit of tropical fruit. Good body with plenty of bite. Not yet integrated, but showing plenty of promise. Good wine, on the brink of very good.
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Red
6/19/2022 - olemski wrote:
87 points
Some signs of age on the colour of this wine. More than the nine years should warrant. However, the wine when drunk was in fine fettle. Aroma of earth, some red fruit (but faint), and furniture polish. In the mouth quite spare and anaemic to begin with, but with time it broadens and becomes more fruity and satisfying. Still on the elegant side, but the time and temperature filled it out to a much more satisfying presence. (Note that I take the Parker-scale seriously. "87" means a very good wine on the borderline to excellent. I DON'T subscribe to the idea that 90 is the minimum for a high quality wine. That has appalling idea has compressed the scale to a claustrophobic degree.)
Red
2012 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/12/2022 - olemski wrote:
84 points
Relatively light for a bordeaux. Blackcurrants on the nose, with some dried fruit underneath. Little or no pencil shavings here. Sweet and smooth in the mouth - perhaps a little too sweet and smooth. It starts of rather hollow and short, but this improves with time and (chiefly, I guess) temperature in the glass. (I have deflated my points giving to calibrate with the original Parker scores, so this is a good wine but not very good.)
Red
6/5/2022 - olemski wrote:
87 points
Beginning browning here. On the nose there's wild strawberries, sous bois and some furniture polish. Later there's also a phase of fresh raspberries, curiously enough. In the mouth it's a bit thin to begin with, but gaining more fruit and thus better balance with time and temperature. Certainly on the way down, but still giving significant pleasure. A wine on the border between very good and excellent. But don't keep it much longer!
Red
5/22/2022 - olemski wrote:
86 points
Some browning here, as it was on the previous bottle. Solid and satisfying aromas of raspberry, wet earth and a hint of furniture polish. Rounded fruitiness in the mouth with fine tannins and unobtrusive acidity. Decent length. Very good wine, and excellent value for money.
Red
5/15/2022 - olemski wrote:
92 points
This is really an outstanding wine. Clarity and precision are the themes here. Colour, aroma and taste alike: A limpidity that stood out this evening, even with three other red burgundies at this or at Grand Cru level. There was no excess of anything, and nothing missing. I nursed a glass of it for hours, and it showed no sign of getting tired. Just very satisfying at all levels. 2005 keeps on giving. (I have deflated my scores to fit the original descriptors, but this is truly an outstanding wine.)
White
5/7/2022 - olemski wrote:
89 points
A truly excellent wine. Light golden. Scents of baked lime, mango and lanolin. In the mouth it has that sleek, rounded feel that blends so well with the acidity here. Good length. A very satisfying wine that almost makes it to 'outstanding.' (My points have been deflated to match the original Parker descriptors for the ranges of points.)
Red
5/1/2022 - olemski wrote:
87 points
Some browning. Red fruit, but the structural elements dominate. A bit too rough to be elegant, but also slightly less spicy than I have learnt to expect from Côte de Nuits. Maybe I'm a bit too tough on this, given that one expects a lot from Les St. Georges itself. However, I think this may habe been better two-three years ago. I suspect it won't have the fruit to deliver a long life in elegance.
White
5/1/2022 - olemski wrote:
91 points
Harmony, persistence, restrained opulence paired with unrestrained elegance. Graceful and supremely satisfying. (My scores have been subject to strict reduction since the previous bottle.)
White - Sparkling
5/1/2022 - olemski wrote:
91 points
Superbly complex, fresh, deep and satisfying wine. Clearly outstanding.
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Red
4/18/2022 - olemski wrote:
88 points
A wine for the mouth, far more than for the nose. Some notes here suggest it's not yet mature, but I don't concur. This will never have the broad and deep bouquet of a first class burgundy or a Barolo. What it does have, is an incomparable mouthfeel of depth, grip and sustained power. The texture is the key, and the key unlocks the kind of wine you should open were Putin to hit the red button. It gives you sustenance and resolve. Just what you may need. [88/100 means Excellent! - let's all move out of the inflated scores where every wine is "Outstanding (90-95/100)."]
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